Christians agree that God’s glory is revealed in his justice. God’s justice comprises blessing the one who obeys Him and cursing the one who disobeys Him, both of which have eternal consequences: heaven for the former, hell for the latter. Why then did my friend wince when I said, “Everything God does is for his glory. So when he sends people to hell, he is glorified.”
Where in our modern seeker-driven churches will you hear that? That is one reason why many of them are thriving.
God is not wringing his hands at the thought of so many souls going to hell, which so many Christians believe. They avoid or refuse to accept:
22 What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
You can’t have the God of the Bible’s justice, without his wrath, and without it being prepared in advance, that is from eternity – part of his decree, which by its nature is before creation, before time.
Atheists avoid the problem of God’ s justice altogether, by rejecting the very notion:
“In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”
(Dawkins, Richard. “God’s Utility Function,” Scientific American, November, 1995, p. 85)